Balkan Dox

Mimaroğlu: The Robinson of Manhattan Island

Turkey, United States
2020 — 76 min / Colour and B&W



"Mimaroğlu: The Robinson of Manhattan Island" is the story of two free spirits: legendary electronic music composer İlhan Mimaroğlu and his vibrant wife Güngör who migrated to the USA from Turkey in early 1960s. Using the couple’s personal archives, the documentary captures the career of İlhan as an edgy artist, and the power of their life-long companionship which started off amidst a family drama. In a multi-layered structure, the film talks about immigration, music, love and disappointment.

Official Trailer

Directors' Biography

Serdar Kökçeoğlu (1975) has studied directing at Dokuz Eylül University. He is a member of the SIYAD, the society of cinematographers, and writes articles for film magazines. In recent years, he has studied short film and lectured on film sound and scriptwriting. He has also founded Ses Kitab, an online music label. His interest in sound is reflected in his short film Listening Through Istanbul (2018).

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Serdar Kökçeoğlu


Dilek Aydin

Esin Uslu


Levent Türkan


Eytan İpeker


Erkal Taşkın

Screenings & Awards

Visions du Réel, Switzerland, 2020

Ji.hlava IDFF, Czech Republic, 2020

Antalya Golden Orange FF, Turkey, 2020

Official Film Website